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Today’s lesson from the game of football? The importance of coaches.

Not only is my husband a coach, but I used to coach track and cross-country. (Not quite the same intensity as football but enough to show that I know of what I speak.)

The coach is the team leader and teacher. Responsible for the safety and conduct of the team. Commissioned with the task of teaching skill and building endurance in addition to developing a game plan and implementing changes from the sideline. Corrector. Encourager. Friend. One who shoulders the blame and passes along the credit while preparing the team for the next level of competition. The good ones lead by example.

The athletes who find quality coaches and listen to their instruction have an advantage over their peers. Those who don’t? Well, a coach can only point you in the right direction. You have to do the work yourself.

What about life? Successful travelers have coaches (also known as mentors, agents, and friends). Someone with more knowledge and experience who shares their wisdom and offers encouragement for the journey. Who can point out the potholes and steer in the right direction.

“Mentoring is a brain to pick, an ear to listen, and a push in the right direction.” ~John Crosby

Do you have a coach? Are you listening? Have you thanked them?

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4 thoughts on “Football Friday – Coaches

  • September 11, 2009 at 1:36 pm
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    >What a wonderful post not only about the importance of coaches and mentors alike. They have wise words of advice if only one has a willing ear to listen.

    Love and Hugs ~ Kat

  • September 11, 2009 at 5:14 pm
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    >I'm not sure that I really have a coach in the truest sense of the word. Although I did use Tiffany Colter, Writing Career Coach to help me edit my manuscripts before submitting to publishers. I do have lots of cheerleaders, but I bet that's another post entirely, right? 🙂

  • September 11, 2009 at 7:33 pm
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    >Interesting…no one immediately came to my mind. I am such an independent spirit. I'm a good listener though, so I'd like to think that I get inspiration and wisdom from many sources.
    Blessings.

  • September 13, 2009 at 12:05 pm
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    >Thanks for your comment on GraceReign. I, too, have been encouraged (and hopefully encouraged others) through fb. :o)Where do you live? I saw northern CO and wondered.

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